Hen Friman, Yafa Sitbon, Ifaa Banner, Yulia Einav



Environmental Engineering Education Overcome the Language Barrier

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In Israel, there is a separation between the Jewish education system and the Arab Israeli education system. The decision for this separation has both practical and ideological explanations. There are those who claim that the demographic realities dictate this separation. However it is revealing that the policy since the founding of the state was to strengthen and preserve the Jewish identity amongst the Jewish sector, and a coming to terms with the national identity of the Arab Israeli pupils. The ideological component is the more important of the two; this is evidenced by the fact that even in places where it would be possible to establish a combined education system, like in mixed cities like Ramla. Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) has developed an integral system of environmental education and training. The course is named “Green Ambassadors”, and the goal is to educate the next generation environmental education. The course is divided into 6 groups; each group contains 3 to 5 Israeli Hebrew speaker students, whose goal is to provide information on environmental to Arabic school with Arabic speaker pupils'. The teams of five -graders and six -graders from “Al Omariya” school in Ramla have been chosen to take part in the project. Concentrate efforts on the improvement of education for sustainable development marked the beginning of a serious reform to cover all types of education and training from preschool to vocational and post -university.


Arabic, Environmental Education, Elementary school, Hebrew


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Hen Friman, Yafa Sitbon, Ifaa Banner, Yulia Einav. (2018) Environmental Engineering Education Overcome the Language Barrier. International Journal of Environmental Science, 3, 62-67


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